Take a Bite Out of Dental Costs



Take a seat in the classroom.

Most schools accredited by the American Dental Association have clinics where closely supervised students provide care at reduced costs. It’s a win-win situation, as the students gain valuable experience and you get a discount. Looking to find an accredited school in your area? Go to ada.org/en/coda/find-a-program.


Try bargain hunting.

Lots of dentists advertise their services. So keep an eye out for postcards in your mailbox offering free or reduced-price exams and cleanings. If you already have a dentist, ask about no-interest payment plans and discounts for seniors or longtime patients.


Drive the discount-card route.

Have you heard of dental savings plans? They work much like warehouse clubs, but your annual fee pays for discounts on dental services instead of bulk items. You can save up to 60% on checkups, cleanings, root canals, crowns, and bridges. Expect to pay between $80 and $200 a year for individual coverage.




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  • FC&A Staff Writer